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Presenter: Richard Charnock

The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) is the representative body for individual recruiters and resourcing specialists. Founded by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in 2009, the IRP represents over 8,000 individual members who deliver the UK’s recruitment services across all sectors and specialisms. The IRP trains and educates recruiters through its range of qualifications that span from GCSE standard at Level 2 to degree standard at Level 5.

Richard Charnock is an ex-recruiter who specialised in HR staff before joining the REC in February 2009. Since then, Richard has headed up the Account Management team, covering all aspects of the REC products and services until he took on the role of Head of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) and Qualifications. The main focus for the IRP in the short to medium term is to ensure the qualifications are as accessible as possible to all recruiters who operate within the industry. Whether that is as traditional “agency” recruiters, “in-house” recruiters or in some of the newer business models, all recruiters should have a qualification that demonstrates their professionalism. Richards’s passion for the growth of the IRP is shown by his determination to grow, both the size of the membership, but also its professional recognition within the UK.

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